Senate Approves Overturning FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal

Net Neutrality changes

Net Neutrality changes

Wednesday the Senate voted 52-47, with all Democrats and three Republicans in the majority, to kill the FCC rule favoring a handful of large corporations and restore, as law, "net neutrality" as the internet's governing principle.

Last December, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to repeal the net neutrality regulations.

The FCC had said that the net neutrality protection will end on 11 June.

"We will take a stand to protect our online economy, or we will say goodbye to the Internet as we know it", said Sen.

Even if the resolution fails, many states, including California and NY, are doing all they can to fight back against the FCC's decision with their own net neutrality proposals.

Supporters of open-internet rules warned that a rollback would allow internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon to create fast lanes for their content and slow lanes for websites that couldn't pay.

After all, the Republicans control the House of Representatives and there's very little chance the Democrats could get the same support to force the issue there. The commissions abrogate of net neutrality is scheduled to come into effect in a few weeks. However, Republicans have voted en masse to have these regulations repealed, alongside Trump's vociferous dismissal of the Obama-era development.

Tim Karr, senior director of strategy and communications at the group Free Press, said the Senate's action is an important step in unwinding what he called one of the most unpopular policy decisions in the history of the FCC.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., disagreed.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of NY thinks otherwise, saying in an interview that the vote reflects the people's choice and should not be undermined.

Senate Democrats are seeking to make net neutrality a central issue in November's midterm election by putting Republicans on the record against an issue that most Americans support.

I supported legislating when we had a Democratic FCC, and I support legislating now that it's in the other party's hands.

The legislature of The United States today made a decision to cancel the Federal Communication Commission's "Restoring Internet Freedom" order.

AT&T said Wednesday it backs an open internet and "actual bipartisan legislation that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protections for all internet users".

Although the FCC exempted Internet service providers from many aspects of that tougher oversight, such as rate regulation, opponents of the rules said the decision opened the door to onerous federal regulation.

In the short space of time since the ruling, many people in the U.S. have been doing their best to reverse the decision.

Yesterday (16 May) was another victory for those who wish to retain net neutrality and avoid a future where the internet is multi-tiered and stacked against those who can not afford the fastest connections.

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